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Transfer and Visiting Students

The Law School's transfer and visiting students enhance our classrooms and community. Admission as a transfer student or a visiting student is available to those applicants who have been attending a law school that is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and is accredited by the American Bar Association.

A transfer student has completed one year of full-time study at another law school and intends to complete a law degree at the University of Minnesota. A visiting student is one who plans to spend a year or less at our University.

Applicants seeking admission as a transfer student must register with CAS in accordance with the Law School's application procedure. In addition to registering with CAS, they must fill out an application, pay a fee of $75, and have their current university's registrar provide our Law School with three items:

  1. an official transcript showing grades earned in the first year of law study
  2. a letter of good standing from the registrar
  3. one letter of recommendation from a law school instructor

A statement of the circumstances that draw the applicant to our Law School also will be considered, along with a current resume.

Applications will be available in January 2014. The deadline to apply for transfer admission is July 1, 2014.

NOTE: Transfer applicants who wish to petition for the journals at Minnesota must submit their applications no later than the first week in May, when the journal petition process will begin. Such applicants should include an addendum with their application noting their intent to petition.

Journal petitioning transfer applicants are responsible for obtaining petition packets on their own. Please contact mnpetitionquestions@gmail.com directly for instructions, deadlines and additional information about the petition process.

Transfer applicants may also seek to participate in our invitational moot court programs. To do so, a transfer applicant may provide a writing sample from the student's own first-year legal writing program, along with an indication of the one or two invitational courts in which the student is most interested. The writing sample and expression of interest will then be distributed to each relevant court. Each court may then decide whether to add the transfer student's name to the end of the existing wait list for that court. A transfer student who does not enter an invitational court off of the court's wait list will automatically be eligible to participate as a second-year student in the law school's Maynard Pirsig Moot Court program.

Applicants who wish to attend the Law School for a year or less as visiting students are not required to register with CAS. However, they must submit the same information as transfer students, including a transcript that reflects all first-year and second-year law school grades.

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2013 Demographics of
Transfer Applicants & Matriculants

  Applicants Matriculants
Total 88 46
Age Range 22-49 22-42
Gender 30% Female; 70% Male 24% Female; 76% Male
States 26 19 (55% resident; 45% nonresident - AZ, CA, FL, LA, MI, MO, NC, ND, NJ, OH, PR, SC, VA, WA, WI)
Countries 12 (Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, Haiti, Iran, Korea, Mexico, Russian Federation, Taiwan, Tajikistan) 8 (Canada, China, Haiti, Iran, Korea, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Taiwan)
Law Schools Represented 46 22

2012 Demographics of Transfer Applicants & Matriculants

  Applicants Matriculants
Total 80 42
Age Range 23-47 23-47
Gender   36% Female; 64% Male
States 19 13 (62% resident; 38% nonresident - AK, AZ, CA, DC, FL, GA, IL, KY, MD, NY, VA)
Countries 3 (Canada, China, South Korea) 1 (South Korea)
Law Schools Represented 41 20